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Korg WaveDrum Mini Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer

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    Description
    The Korg WaveDrum Mini Percussion Synth uses legendary Korg Wavedrum technology - now in compact form! Announcing the energetic and on-the-go Korg Wavedrum Mini; with built-in speaker, battery-powered portability, and a revolutionary sensor clip that transforms nearly any object into an instrument.

    With drum and percussion sounds from around the world, revolutionary synth sounds, plus unique original sounds, the Wavedrum Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer has been embraced by percussionists, drummers, and music lovers around the world.

    The Wavedrum Mini carries on this sound concept in a compact and portable format - complete with a built-in speaker and battery power for play anywhere convenience. In addition to its dynamic pad surface, the Wavedrum Mini also includes a sensor clip which can be attached to a table, cup, or any object, allowing it to be played as a percussion instrument. Using the sensor clip and the pad allows two sounds to be played at once, doubling the Wavedrum Mini's performance potential. Choose from 100 great sounds; add in one of the 10 exciting effects; play along to one of the 100 internal rhythm patterns, or record with unlimited overdubs using the built-in Looper. The possibilities are endless. The Wavedrum Mini will appeal to musicians who value a truly original performance, or to any beginner simply looking to enjoy playing a musical instrument.

    100 ready-to-play sounds
    Based on Wavedrum technology, the Wavedrum Mini offers 100 sounds, professionally programmed and ready to play. From acoustic-sounding drum and percussion sounds to cutting-edge sounds possible only on a synthesizer, the Wavedrum Mini offers a diverse range of sounds. Even instruments such as bass, tuned percussion, and stringed instruments are included, allowing you to create both rhythmic and melodic performances.

    10 Built-in effects
    The Wavedrum Mini features built-in effects that make it easy to transform the sound itself. Each of the 10 high-quality multi-effects combines a variety of effects - familiar spatial-type effects such as delay, chorus, and reverb; modern effects including filters and pitch-shifters that radically transform the sound; distortion-type effects that deliver analog-style warmth, etc. Any effect can be quickly applied to any sound, regardless of technical knowledge, allowing you to create exciting musical results.

    100 Rhythm patterns
    The Wavedrum Mini contains 100 rhythm patterns covering a range of styles. These patterns can be used as a guide to help the beginner keep a steady rhythm; or simply enjoy jamming along. In fact, by using the pad, the sensor clip, and playing a rhythm pattern, you can create a three-part performance in real time.

    Expressive pad surface
    The tone of the Wavedrum Mini responds to the location at which you strike the pad, and the amount of force applied, moving beyond a one-dimensional sound. The pad responds sensitively to every aspect of your strike - open shots, slap shots, and more - allowing for a range of sophisticated performance techniques and complex musical expression.

    Dynamic sensor clip
    Simply attaching the sensor clip (included) to any object or surface can transform it into a playable percussion instrument, providing a second sound to complement the Wavedrum Mini pad. The object to which you attach the clip will have a dramatic effect on how the sound is played, so you'll be making sonic discoveries every time you use the sensor clip. The Wavedrum Mini also comes with a convenient strap. Sit down, strap the Wavedrum Mini to your thigh and assign a snare sound to the pad. Next, assign a bass drum sound to the sensor clip and attach it to the upper part of your shoe, and you've created a natural-playing drum kit that you can use anywhere!

    Looper function with unlimited overdubs
    The Looper function lets you record and playback your Wavedrum Mini performance. Plus, you can add an unlimited number of overdubs, creating complex, multi-sound patterns. (Total record length is limited to 25 seconds). Play along to these complex patterns in real time to create fascinating performances, without the need for any other equipment.

    On-the-go portability
    The Wavedrum Mini is superbly portable - you can enjoy playing it in any place, at any time. An AC adapter is included; the Wavedrum Mini can also run on batteries, making it ideal for outdoor use or street performances. The built-in speaker is another attraction of the Wavedrum Mini, giving you the casual freedom to play on the spur of the moment, and to share your sound - alone, or in an impromptu jam session.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM
    Pattern Engine (+) Open Manual Page
    Programming: Presets, Real Time
    Pattern Notes:
    + Audio looper records patterns.
    + Up to 25 seconds recording time.
    + Unlimited overdub recording.
    + Can play and overdub to preset beats.
    + Pattern memory does not save on power-off.
    Sounds Per Pad (+) Open Manual Page
    Sounds Per Pad: 2
    Sources: Samples
    Sounds Notes:
    100 preset sounds:
    + Percussion
    + Synthesizer
    + Sound effects
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 2
    Timbrality: 2
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Storage
    Patterns User: 1
    Patterns Preset: 100
    Effects
    10 Effects:
    + Reverb
    + Delay
    + Chorus
    + Filters
    + Pitch-shift
    + Distortion
    Case
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Buttons, Pads, Knobs, Velocity
    Display Type: LED, Numeric
    Display Count H: 2
    Display Count V: 1
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.50 x 8.50 x 2.63 inches / 216 x 216 x 67mm
    Weight: 2.20 lbs. / 1.0kg
    MIDI / Sync / Trigger (+) Open Manual Page
    Audio Outputs: 1/4" Phone Jack, 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 4
    CV Ports: Trigger In
    Control Features: Clip-on triggers 2nd sound.
    DAC Bits: 24
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Power: 9V DC, 6 x AA batteries
    Pricing
    List: $369
    Retail: $249
    Used: $100 - $150
    Production
    Released: 2011
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    [+] www.korg.com

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Jack Hertz

  • 4
  

I bought this on a whim to investigate Korg's Wavedrum technology. What I thought would be a little better than a toy turned out to be a wonderful little percussion instrument. Don't be fooled by the lack of bells and whistles. The pad feels good and quite responsive once you get used to it. The sounds are where it really shines. The clip-on trigger was a feature I didn't know it had. What seems like an iffy idea, works very well. Being able to trigger things with your leg or from a table top is really handy, and FUN! I also came to appreciate how the recording mode works. It is literally a mini-looper in there. No sequencer means you can freely overdub as many sounds as you like. This little device is so fun and easy to use. I could not put it down and ended up using it for most of the percussion on the MASKS album.

 

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